PeacePlayers International - South Africa (PPI - SA) is an independently registered charity (NPO No: 024-786-NPO / PBO No: 930023713) that uses basketball to help the young people of KwaZulu-Natal develop important skills to help them carve out a safe and successful path in a society burdened by the impact of HIV/AIDS, unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, crime, and strong cultural divides. PPI-SA currently serves approximately 1,000 children from 35 primary schools and over 20 high schools. Our programmes involve youth between the ages of 10 and 24 years old, commencing with a Primary School Programme (PSP), moving on to a Leadership Development Programme (LDP), and rounding off with a Professional Development Programme (PDP), providing a long-term, year-round leadership pipeline. The programmes consist of a set of well-defined weekly activities, special events and tournaments. As PPI-SA has grown, our activities have been extended to the communities of Umlazi, Lamontville, Wentworth, Waterloo, and the greater Durban area.
Since the launch of the program, PPI - SA has:
- Positively impacted the lives of over 26,000 children;
- Trained more than 250 young adults as peer educators and mentors in communities of disparate socio-economic and racial backgrounds;
- Employed an average of 39 youth annually as part-time life skills educators and basketball coaches.
- Formed strong partnerships with the Harvard School of Public Health’s Centre for the Support of Peer Education (CSPE);
- Awarded funding from Engen, SASOL, Spring Lights Gas, 3M-SA, Nike-SA, Rand Merchant Bank, The Sports Trust, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and The Department of Sports and Recreation KwaZulu-Natal, eThekwini Department of Sports and Recreation;
- Received the 2008 Laureus Sport for Good Award in St. Petersburg, Russia. PPI-SA was chosen from 60 international organizations that use sport for social change;
- Received Proudly South African status and classified as a Public Benefit Organization (PBO No. 930023713); and
- Profiled in the following publications and media sources:
- Local: The Mercury, The Sunday Tribune, Isolezwe, The Rising Sun, The Daily News, Highway Mail, Berea Mail, The Sun, Northglen News, East Coast Radio, Gagasi FM, Durban Youth Radio, Izwi Lomzansi, Lotus FM, durban.thebeehive.or;
- National: SABC 1, Engen Slam Dunk, E Television, SABC Radio, SuperSport, Kaelo Stories of Hope on SABC 2;
- International: NBC’s Today Show; CBS Sunday Morning; Sports Illustrated, ESPN Sportscenter; ESPN.com; NBA.com; BBC; CNN.
Primary School ProgrammeGrade 6 and 7 students (ages 10-14) at 35 primary schools in and around the city of Durban participate in weekly practices that combine basketball with life skills education. While introducing participants to the basics of the sport, it raises their awareness about subjects such as teenage pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, crime, gender issues, human and children’s rights and the threat of HIV/AIDS.
Leadership Development ProgrammePPI - SA recruits students in grades 8 through 12 (ages 14-18) to receive more in-depth basketball and life skills training, as they learn to not only live healthy lives themselves but also serve as leaders within their own families and communities. The Leadership Development Programme is a frequent source of new PPI – SA coaches.
Professional Development ProgrammeYoung people ages 18 through 25 from PPI - SA's partner communities serve as coaches to the organization’s younger participants, while receiving thorough training in both basketball and mentorship. PPI - SA also offers coaches professional training in topics such as resume preparation, financial management and interviewing.
Note: PPI-SA has been granted Section 18(A) status with the South African Revenue Services (SARS) that allows all PPI-SA funders to claim a deduction from personal or corporate taxable income up to a maximum of 10% on annual taxable income.